The artefact comes from deposits dated to more than 60,000 years ago. It closely resembles thousands of bone arrowheads used by the indigenous San hunter-gatherers from the 18th to the 20th centuries.
Our findings reveal the slowing down of brain development in our ape-like ancestors began more than three million years ago.
While crocodylian fossil swim traces have been described from other continents, to the best of our knowledge the examples we describe are the first such reptilian swim traces from Africa.
The findings suggest that this specimen could climb and move in trees. But it may also have been able to walk on the ground. This echoes previous studies.
An archaeological site in India sheds new light on how ancient humans dispersed from Africa across the world.
Neanderthals living in a cave in southern Siberia made distinctive stone tools that can be traced to their ancestral homeland in eastern Europe — an intercontinental journey of more than 3,000 km.
Our extinct, distant cousins still lived in Indonesia 110,000 years ago.
An estimated 1.75 million ibises were deposited at a single location in ancient Egypt. But the birds disappeared entirely from the region around 1850, and no one knows why.
The sounds our ancestors made are important because they teach us about spaces and behaviour and rituals of the time.
Working with bone artefacts from archaeological sites in South Africa's southern Cape region, we've been able to show that some implements might have been used for sound production in the past.
While the science is crucial, it is also important to know what sense the people who live in and around Laetoli make of these ancient footprints.
Reports say that a new species of ancient human has been identified in a cave in The Philippines. But only a few bone and teeth fossil fragments have been found, so far.
The first mummy was wrapped up about 7,000 years ago, and it was from South America.
The teeth from two Neanderthal children and a relatively modern human child reveal their exposure to seasonal changes during their early life.
Ancient DNA in a 50,000+ year old bone tells us that two species of early humans did produce offspring together.
How we found the oldest human fossil ever discovered outside Africa and the Levant.